Chelan Commissioners React to Planned Link Sales Tax Vote


WENATCHEE- Link Transit may ask voters in Chelan and Douglas Counties to consider raising the sales tax to pay for expanded public transit services.

Link’s governing board approved a plan to put a measure on the February ballot asking for a two-tenths of one percent increase. Board members and Chelan County Commissioners Kevin Overbay and Doug England commented on the proposal with NCWLIFE News.

What would it pay for:

At Monday afternoon’s meeting Link Transit board members discussed the proposed sales tax hike and what it would pay for. Recommendations for adding more services for disabled passengers, More Park-and-rides, increasing the number of hours of service for late and swing shift workers are among the recommendations prioritized by Link Transit customers in a recent survey.

If approved the increase would be the first since Link was created in 1990. The Board is slated to make its final decision on a possible February 13th vote at its November 21st meeting.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.